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hiking
7 days ago

Loved it! 10/10 would recommend. Brought my girlfriend on her first "hike" / nature walk and it was fantastic. Super easy and beautiful. Might be a little boring for an advanced hiker who is looking for a little more adventure.

Great place to hike , gets a bit steep like an intense stair master lol . Took my dog and we both really enjoyed it

Great hike that had a roaring waterfall most of the trail. Lots of mud and fairly wet given the rain the past few days. Don't let that stop your adventure the views at the top are worth every step.

Trail is nice but completely impassable due to swarms of black flies. We entered as part of a 13 mile run and probably set a PR for 5k trying to get out of there as quick as possible. Completely miserable experience. Should have listened to the other two previous reviews.

The highlighted trail below is basically the entire route to Owls Head excluding the actual summit push (slide and bushwhack). It’s a cool trail that gives you a chance to experience deep wilderness and a very lightly trafficked path. Although unless you’re doing Owls Head or continuing all the way to Galehead, it’s not worth the mileage. There are no blazes or bridges beyond Franconia Falls, so picking up the trail after river crossings can be tricky. Lincoln Brook crisscrosses the river several times, two of which are big crossings. These can be difficult in high water.

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quiet trial up to the hut, busier to the summit. Plenty hard enough for me!

The Cascade Brook was a great trail! The view from the lake was spectacular!! I’d have preferred to have hiked the Basin Trail up or down and used the Cascade Brook to make it a loop (instead of Cascade to Lonesome Lake). The Pemi Trail to and from the Basin Parking Lot wasn’t as well maintained, which was fine, but it was close to the interstate so that made for a less enjoyable section of the hike. Overall, great views with lots of swimming holes plus plus an AMC hit at the lake.

quick hike

I've hiked many trails and this was by far the worst experience I ever had. Assaulted by flies from the moment we arrived. Trail was for the most part straight as an arrow and extremely uninteresting. Went there primarily to photograph birds and NEVER SAW A SINGLE BIRD in 2 hours of walking. Just the worst. Don't waste your time.

Got attacked by mosquitoes and flys which made a nice easy walk awful:(

Short distance but 170 floors in 8.5 miles (out and back )
Greenleaf Hut at the top has food and water to refill you .
And What a View :-)
Highly recommended Hike

Great trail with beautiful waterfalls along the way. I didn't find crossing the brook to be too difficult. The trail gets much steeper as you're climbing up towards Lonesome Lake but the views once you get there are well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Deff a challenging trail, took this one up and down. But it was beautifully covered in moss that created some breath taking views along the way. Very rocky most of the way, that kept it interesting. A little tough on the knees on the way down. The very best part about this trial is that not many people know about it, or take it. We passed by only 2 people the entire trail. Park at the Cannon Mt parking lot and also beat the over packed trail parking lots! Took us 7 hours total

This is actually 5.71 miles out and back. Trail is rough, hiking boots are strongly suggested to help navigate terrain. Mount Bald has wonderful views.

Used Mt Kinsman Trail to connect to Kinsman Ridge Trail to get to North and South Kinsman. The Mt Kinsman trail is a great trail. After passing the junction for Bald peak the trail gets steeper with more rocks and roots to go over. One it connects with Kinsman Ridge Trail there is a nice little outlooks where you can see Cannon Franconia Ridge.

An incredibly easy and scenic walk through the mountain valley. When I envision a picture perfect mountainscape, it is the view that I see on this trail that comes to mind. And the best part is the refreshing swim in either Profile Lake or nearby Echo Lake. It simply does not get any better. Well maybe if the trail offers some more challenge but those are plentiful in the White Mountain.

Perfect day hike. I only saw 2 people toward the beginning of the trail and then had the whole place to myself. Beautiful views at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Middle half of the trail is a mess. Desperately needs maintenance. Not enjoyable. Coming down I realized there is a trail next to the trail for most of the middle section with makes it a bit easier, but I couldn’t find it on the way up. Lost the trail several times due to fallen trees etc. even though there are plenty of blazes. View is wonderful. Haven’t done the blue trail that approaches further north. Maybe that trail is better.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, easy walk on paved path to Profile Lake. Great views and a really nice monument paying tribute to the “Old Man” and where he resided.

great spot for hiking all in all pretty easy . mostly packed snow but a couple spots I fell thru up to my knees. that's what happens when it's warm out. diffently recommend it I'll be back in the summer to do it again. bonus I did get some good shots of Mt Washington.

Great and fast for skiing too when you leave cars at both ends and start on the Cedar Brook Trail section

Loved the view!!!!

Used this trail up to Bald peak and onto the KRT, great long hike. Fun butt sliding on the ridge too.

Great hike. Had to use micro spikes the entire time as the trail was mostly ice covered. Several water crosses over solid ice where you could hear the water running under the ice. A. windy at top but no wind below top. Well marked trail.

Great trail for snowshoeing. It was easy to follow even during a snowstorm.

hiking
9 months ago

Top is definitely worth the hike! Big payoff. It was very wet with water flowing down most of the trail after a couple of days rain, so watch that.

hiking
9 months ago

not a lot to see on the way up, but the view from the top is wonderful.

hiking
10 months ago

At the hut & lookout, Great layer views of the Mountains thru the valley. The trail stays gradual for quite some time & then steep the last few miles.

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